Film Review: Assault (2022) by Adilkhan Yerzhanov

Persevering with the place he left off with “Yellow Cat”, Adilkhan Yerzhanov continues on his clever, devilishly humorous style path with one other deadpan satire that additionally manages to make a lot of sociopolitical feedback. 

“Assault” is screening on Worldwide Movie Competition Rotterdam

Nederland, Rotterdam, 11/01/2021,

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foto Jan de Groen

Whereas the individuals working a college in Karatas are utterly immersed in their very own points, a bunch of masked figures with machine weapons enter the constructing utterly unbothered, taking the pupils hostage and executing certainly one of them. Math trainer Tazshi, who has simply had a combat along with his ex-wife who had come to select their son from their classroom, doesn’t solely fail to even try to save his college students, however the one factor in his thoughts is methods to save himself. After the remainder of the “survivors” study the reality, and a gentle beating, he takes cost of a group of people who find themselves keen to storm the college and save the remaining college students. The “power” nevertheless, just isn’t what one would anticipate, because it contains of his ex-wife, the fitness center trainer who additionally teaches martial arts in class (form of), the cowardly faculty principal, an alcoholic evening watchman, the music trainer, whom the caretaker of the college, additionally in a bunch, always mocks him for his “homosexual” methods, the village fool and the incompetent chief of police. Tazshi takes them to an space the place they will “practice” and comes up with a plan, however the entire thing appears extra tragicomic than the rest. 

What turns into apparent from the start of the title is that Yerzhanov is ready on mocking each facet of style filmmaking, but additionally his personal film. Beginning with the title, which, because the story progresses and the timer zeroes in, is revealed to not consult with the intrusion of the masked males, as one would assume at first. Speaking in regards to the terrorists, and regardless of the reference of the college hostage-takings in Beslan and Kazan, they’re additionally mocked, each for the way in which they enter the college, as if on a go to, but additionally on the truth that they appear to have no function with their actions, since they make no calls for, whereas the ending of the story, cements this ingredient much more. Masculinity and manhood, establishments like that of college, household, the police, and parenthood, and even philosophy as an idea are all additionally mocked, with the protagonists serving that position in probably the most entertaining trend. On the identical time, the remark in regards to the prey and the predator, as dictated by the Lotka-Volterra mannequin (the prey consumption charge by a predator is immediately proportional to the prey abundance) and the way in which crises can power individuals to vary roles is slightly eloquent, particularly by means of the presence and the general commenting on the wolves, including depth to the narrative, earlier than it is also mocked.The best way the military and the general system perform shut each the movie and this specific method. 

Aside from context, nevertheless, “Assault” additionally thrives on its manufacturing values. The virtually dystopian, closely snowed setting is captured excellently by Aidar Sharipov, with a lot of scenes through the coaching, particularly the lengthy photographs, presenting photographs of utmost magnificence. Moreover, the way in which Yerzhanov implements the setting within the story can also be nice, with the identical making use of to his command of his forged, which is exemplified within the violence/motion scenes. His personal enhancing might have been a bit extra tight, significantly within the size of the coaching periods, however at 90 minutes, the film doesn’t overextend its welcome in any means, whereas the tempo is slightly becoming. 

Azamat Nigmanov as Tazshi provides an incredible efficiency, along with his transformation being among the many greatest property of the film, whereas the entire forged features fairly nicely, significantly as a bunch. 

“Assault” is a really sensible, very humorous, very entertaining film, which, as soon as extra transcends the boundaries of style cinema. 



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